Jets officially eliminated from playoff contention

Ondrej Pavelec of the Winnipeg Jets sits on the bench in the final minutes of third period action...

Ondrej Pavelec of the Winnipeg Jets sits on the bench in the final minutes of third period action in an NHL game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the MTS Centre on April 3, 2014. (Marianne Helm/Getty Images/AFP)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:59 PM ET

The Winnipeg Jets have been mathematically eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoff picture.

Paul Martin and Brian Gibbons broke a 2-2 tie with third-period goals as the Pittsburgh Penguins handed the Jets a 4-2 loss in downtown Winnipeg, Thursday.

The Jets trail Dallas and Phoenix by seven points for the last wildcard spot in the West, and while Winnipeg still has four games left, the Stars and Coyotes play each other, so one of them will be uncatchable.

Martin’s game-winner came 11 seconds into a third-period power play with Mark Stuart in the box for hooking.

Pittsburgh opened the scoring on Beau Bennet’s third goal of the season, set up by Sidney Crosby in the first period, the first of two assists for Crosby.

The Jets grabbed a 2-1 lead in the second, Olli Jokinen scoring his 17th on a rebound, Zach Redmond his first, and the Jets appeared ready to take the lead into the third.


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